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maureen / December 5, 2006 2:47 PM


"ta-ta-ta-ta taystay, taystay!"

Carrie / December 5, 2006 3:04 PM

Sexyback- Justin Timberlake


kelly / December 5, 2006 3:07 PM

i think Crazy by Gnarls, but it has been way overplayed.

Marilyn / December 5, 2006 3:24 PM

I don't listen to a lot of new music, but I'd say "Not Ready to Make Nice" by the Dixie Chicks. The music doesn't thrill me as much as other songs, but the song has uppity woman of the century lyrics. Very inspiring.

Luke / December 5, 2006 4:18 PM

Lollipop by Hidden Cameras.

Erica / December 5, 2006 4:39 PM

Lupe Fiasco's "Kick, Push"

Others I liked a whole lot:

Lady Sovereign's "Fiddle With the Volume"

Woldmother's "White Unicorn"

Not the best song, but memorable:
This is so sad, but Lil Jon's "Snap Yo Fingers" gets stuck in my head a lot and I honestly only heard it twice.

Shasta MacNasty / December 5, 2006 4:40 PM

Chicken Noodle Soup by...i dunno...some kids that got paid bank for lame lyrics and a tight hook.

"I let it rain, I clear out...I let it rain, I clear it out..."

Baldeesh / December 5, 2006 4:52 PM

I was a huge fan of "The W.A.N.D." by The Flaming Lips.

I got a huge kick out of "White and Nerdy" by Weird Al.

I shook it to "Sexy Back" more times than I care to admit.

I also really liked "Knights of Cydonia" by Muse.

JB / December 5, 2006 4:55 PM

Blackout by the falcon!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Dunl / December 5, 2006 5:01 PM

Neko Case "The Needle Has Landed" (off Fox Confessor Brings the Flood)

Flynn / December 5, 2006 5:34 PM

A second for White and Nerdy.

hooptyfoo / December 5, 2006 6:20 PM

SOS by Rihanna

Nathan S / December 5, 2006 7:55 PM

TOP 10 SONGS OF 2006

"Trains to Brazil" - The Guillemots (one of the best songs in recent memory)

"Young Folks" - Peter Bjorn & John

"Boss' Life" - Snoop Dogg (Feat. Akon)

"Wolf Like Me" (live on David Letterman) - TV on the Radio

"Long Time" - The Roots (Feat. Peedi Peedi & Bunny Sigler)

"Don't Ever Change" - Pink Nasty (Feat. Bonnie "Prince" Billy)

"Smile" - Lily Allen

"Kilo" - Ghostface (Feat. Raekwon)

"Skip to the End" - The Futureheads

"Rubies" - Destroyer (Actually, the whole album...)

"Lloyd, I'm Ready to be Heartbroken" - Camera Obscura

Er, top 11

MC Yo / December 6, 2006 6:29 AM

F*ck Tha Police, 2006 Remix

Still relevant 20 years later.

J / December 6, 2006 8:21 AM

That new beatles mashup thing that the remaining living ones did seems nice.

printdude / December 6, 2006 8:34 AM

Danko Jones - Don't fall in love

did that come out this year? No matter, I found it this year and can't stop playing the album "Sleeep is the Enemy"

Ah, good old fashioned rock and roll. Think i'll turn some up right now!

mike / December 6, 2006 9:12 AM

It's a tie:

"Roscoe" by Midlake

"Wet and Rusting" by Menomena

holden / December 6, 2006 10:15 AM

Crazy - Gnarls Barkley
Promiscuous - Nelly Furtado
Do It To It - Cherish
Over My Head (Cable Car) - The Fray

Those are the ones that I remember getting played like crazy. (no pun intended)

Dan M. / December 6, 2006 10:29 AM

Right now, I could claim "Young Folks" to possess my whole brain, and I'd be right. But I have to say that "Crazy" was the song of the year, at its apex being twice as ingrained in my brain as these merry whistling swedes . Spring saw every blog-reader in the country champion it, and dance like crazy in front of their lil' laptops. Somehow, inexplicably, everyone else heard it too, peeked over our shoulders, and Bam! Lollapalooza. Confused, maybe scared, and a little tired anyways, we walked off, just as the mainstream crowds did. It's a ghost town now, but we're all definitely aware of the impact this song had, and it's one mighty elephant in the room.

Nathan: dead on with the Trains to Brazil as well!

Josh / December 6, 2006 10:41 AM

As my blog shows, I'm out of touch with current music. However, "Crazy" by Gnarls Barkeley was a wonderful throwback to the early 90s. It sounded like an old Teddy Riley track.

I also really liked that "Loosen Up My Buttons" song, with the Middle Eastern arrangements and heavy re-verb over the vocals. I don't know who sings that.

james / December 6, 2006 10:43 AM

"Trains to Brazil" - The Guillemots (one of the best songs in recent memory)

and one of the worst live bands of recent memory.

i can't decide on a favorite, but...

basement jaxx - take me back to your house
the thermals - a pillar of salt
voxtrot - mothers, daughters, sisters & wives
tiga - far from home
danielson - did i step on your trumpet?

would be where i'd start.

nu / December 6, 2006 11:00 AM

"Hung Up" by Madonna. It And it's so happy.

Yay Madonna.

gabby / December 6, 2006 11:03 AM

I'll see your "Trains to Brazil" and raise you "Made Up Love Song #43" and "Samba In the Snowy Rain".

kt / December 6, 2006 11:09 AM

"black boots" - jack oblivian
"get your mind off me" - turpentine brothers

were by far the best 7"s i bought this year.

Oketo! / December 6, 2006 11:13 AM

"Closer to You" by Brandi Carlile

AB / December 6, 2006 12:01 PM

"Crazy" by Gnarls Barkley wins hands down. I think a best song of the year should be a song that will forever spark our memories of that year. Who will ever hear that song and NOT think about what they were doing in the spring/summer of 2006?

yo / December 6, 2006 12:07 PM

I think the title of best song should go to the best song.

j3s / December 6, 2006 12:15 PM

Neither are true originals, and perhaps that's saying something, but...

Carl Craig's remix of Rhythm & Sound: "Poor People Must Work."

Runner up: Ricardo Villalobos's remix of Depeche Mode's "The Sinner in Me."

...and that's it from Berlin, good night!

Ramsin / December 6, 2006 12:22 PM

The best single track has to be "Dem Jeans" by Chingy

avant/chi / December 6, 2006 12:44 PM

"Crazy/Steady as She Goes" mashup by Legion of Doom, feat. Grandmaster Flash - great song - features 2 that could be on the list.

Bill B / December 6, 2006 12:55 PM

that would have to be the song that my gf and i sing to each other to the tune of 'rudolph the red-nosed reindeer':

"You are the cutest boy/girl
That I've ever seen in my life
And if you ever leave me
I'ma show you my knife!"

it's love, really.

roderick / December 6, 2006 12:55 PM

Damn, I just downloaded the Crazy/Steady as She Goes mashup. Wow.

My vote goes to Crazy. Probably because I don't know what other 2006 albums I bought this year.

spence / December 6, 2006 1:00 PM

I'd say "Maneater" by Nelly Furtado. I'm not really a big fan of Nelly in general, but that song was played non-stop in Europe when I was there - I'll forever associate it with those memories.

"Young Folks" and "Crazy" would be my second and third choices.

k / December 6, 2006 1:10 PM

my vote goes to "brand new" by rhymefest. i have to listen to it when i'm getting ready to go out, and i can't imagine ever getting tired of it.

martha / December 6, 2006 2:08 PM


by Bishop Allen

martha / December 6, 2006 2:09 PM


Spook / December 6, 2006 2:18 PM

"woof woof" by this new alternative indie grung band called Dead Woofies

fluffy / December 6, 2006 2:29 PM

not sure of a specific song, but it would be found in Peaches' "Impeach my Bush"

JB / December 6, 2006 2:59 PM

second the thermals--good call james!

Andrew / December 6, 2006 2:59 PM

Spook, do you not listen to music? Most of what's been listed is pretty mainstream. Why the hipster mockery?

"Crazy" is this year's "Hey Yah" -- ubiquitous, yet hard to get sick of. But I can't decide which song off The Hold Steady's "Boys and Girls in America" I liked best -- damn fine album, that. I'm gonna go with "Hot Soft Light," if only for this lyric:
we started recreational.
it ended kinda medical.
it came on hot and soft and then
it tightened up its tentacles.

michelle / December 6, 2006 3:04 PM

i think it may be "when you were young" by the killers. i usually don't listen to much music made after 1992, so this was a hard choice. but i like it.

annie / December 6, 2006 3:06 PM

I'd go with Luke, Lollipop is awesome, but I could tie it with "You are What you Love" Jenny Lewis b/c it's so true....

Michael / December 6, 2006 4:34 PM

Band of Horses' "The Funeral."

Mister C / December 6, 2006 4:49 PM

Ambush by Figurines-
because it will be forever linked with this year for me.

nicole / December 6, 2006 6:28 PM

michael, hooray for noting band of horses! my favorite is st. augustine (boh) because mat and ben's voices together are awesome on that tune...

jennifer / December 6, 2006 8:31 PM

it's random, but honestly, the one song from this year that I always turn the volume up for is 'parentheses' by the blow. I don't even own the album, but I dig this song.

also, really like the 'love me or hate me' by lady sovereign, though it's kind of lame that the song was coopted by some mobile company for an advert.

missmann / December 6, 2006 8:58 PM


Magda / December 6, 2006 9:28 PM

I'd have to agree that The Killers "When We Were Young" is one of the best, as is The Decemberists' "Oh Valencia".

Spook / December 6, 2006 10:04 PM

yea yea yea, point taken Andrew. Ok, my pick,
John Legend's "Ordinary People"

p.s I'm not anti Hipster either!

Leelah / December 7, 2006 6:41 AM

"The President's Dead" by the always extraordinary Okkervil River

also "Bonnie Brae" by the Twilight Singers.

mainstream-ally speaking, "When We Were Young", "Sexxyback" and "Crazy" were all damn good.

ken / December 7, 2006 9:46 AM

06 has been a tough year for music for me, I really can't give a "best song" per se, but The John Butler Trio and Ray Lamontagne were both great as a whole. Just about anything in the Psychobilly genre made me smile as did a, although not "new" but newly found, Jerry Garcia and John Kahn bootleg (from '69 somewhere in NY?) The new remixes of Herb Alpert's Whipped Cream and Sergio Mendes w/ the Black-Eyed Peas are very cool.....
and yeah I kinda dig Fergie's solo effort, lyric-wise it is a solid effort without sinking to the same levels as many of the other already mentioned artists (not that they aren't good songs in their own rights, just lacking in creative thought.)

Bill V / December 7, 2006 9:59 AM

Best Song, The Funeral by Band of Horses.

miss casual / December 7, 2006 10:12 AM

last week i'd say 'lavish' by twista and pharrell but now that the clipse album dropped i am all 'wamp wamp, what it do'

wordup / December 7, 2006 10:15 AM

"When You Were Young" and "Sexyback" are my faves, though I don't like to admit that Justin Timberlake has been played in my house.

peanut / December 7, 2006 10:41 AM

maybe "sour shores" by portastatic, if only because it reminds me of someone.

katie / December 7, 2006 11:12 AM

yeah,you can't rely deny "crazy." "smile" by lily allen is a great '06 single too.

but my personal favorites would be either "stuck between stations" or "first night" by the hold steady, OR cat power's "the greatest."

p / December 7, 2006 11:17 AM

although crazy is getting the "that's so played" treatment at year's end- it clearly was the standout track of '06. first time i heard it on a top of the pops video clip i was in awe- then played it again and again for a 45 min. soulfull pop. that this jam became so popular is a very good thing. cee-lo is the mfing man and deserves his success.

The pack just below Crazy, for me, is super deep but are not on it's level for quality/popularity ratio. Tony Matterhorn- Dutty Wine, TI- What You Know,
Rick Ross- Hustlin, Madonna- Hung Up, mimm This is why i'm hot, many more. Annual hot jamz to please the public remain ozone's dragostea din tei and daddy yankee's gasolina and that shit ain't gonna change. 06/06/06 was this year so anything deocide, maiden, slayer, celtic frost, etc. would also be acceptable. Right now all i want to hear though is that pb&j whistlin'- too solid.

Mister C / December 7, 2006 12:15 PM

Someone gave me that Band of Horses album back in July and I absolutely hated it (mostly because the mellow introspective vibe didn't mesh with my manic midsummer zeitgeist) and put it away after a few listens. All the love it's gotten in this thread inspired me to just give it another listen, however, and it is sounding really nice. Thanks.

Winediva / December 7, 2006 12:49 PM

Ok. True Confessions.
My gulity pleasure this year has been "Aint No Other Man". Fer real.

eep / December 7, 2006 1:00 PM

Another vote for "Crazy," with an honorable mention to "SexyBack." There have been far too many instances of my friends and I singing "Take it to the chorus!"

lisa / December 7, 2006 1:14 PM

i was a lover
tv on the radio

tyler / December 7, 2006 1:19 PM

my faves:
cat power - lived in bars.

bishop allen - corazon.

tortoise & bonnie 'prince' billy - thunder road.

tv on the radio - wolf like me.

neko case - star witness.

Joann / December 7, 2006 1:38 PM

The Stars - One More Night
Hidden Cameras - Boys of Melody
Upside Down - Scott Matthew

What the hell, the whole "Shortbus" soundtrack!

timmae / December 7, 2006 6:19 PM

Death Cab for Cutie - I Will Follow You Into the Dark


They Shoot Horses Don't They - Low Life

jaye / December 7, 2006 8:33 PM

was there really a best song? nothing, absolutely nothing is coming to mind..there were songs but nothing i would call the best..i liked crazy but was it the best to me, was fun singing and dancing to it at the mariah carey concert was not something i had to listen to ..i listened to more oldies earth wind and fire and stevie wonder than anything

Emerson Dameron / December 8, 2006 8:55 AM

I definitely listened to more Scott Walker, new and old, than anything else.

I agree that, once the contrarian naysaying dies down, the full virtues of Gnarls will be realized.

Kelsy / December 9, 2006 1:47 AM

Paolo Nutini - New Shoes

and the whole new Muse album (Black Holes and Revelations).

If I have to pick one it must be ...
Muse - Invincible.

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